zaterdag 28 september 2013

Show 'n Tell: The Bee Squad

Nerd Wars has one month off between each tournament. Which is now. Then, there are some in between fun times, like the cute critter wars. Our group of Dutch/Belgian amigurumi crocheters decided to join as a team for the second time. I haven't been around much, crocheting critters. But I did do some work. Because bees are critters. And because bees are cute. So I made a little army of bees. Led by their queen of course.

They have a permanent place in front of our window, keeping us save from infiltrators and other scumbags. Though I wonder how much good they will do, because they look like they've been sucking on some pesticides.

 The pattern is from Wooly Toons (you know, the same as the little weird mouse). 

woensdag 25 september 2013

Show 'n Tell: Tas

Is er iemand die zich nog herinnert dat ik ooit, lang, lang geleden was begonnen aan een tas? Ik ben het in elk geval vaak genoeg vergeten. Tot ik weer een onderdeel ergens tegen kwam. Ik heb 'm eindelijk af.
Is there someone who remembers me, once upon a time ago, starting sewing a bag? I didn't, until I found a piece of it somewhere. Now, I finally finished.

Ik gebruikte deze tutorial van U-handbag, die echt super fijn was. Duidelijke uitleg met veel foto's.
I used this tutorial by U-handbag, which was amazing. Clear instructions with a lot of pictures. 

Het enige probleem was de naaimachine en wat rekenmoeilijkheden. Er zitten nog foutjes in, maar die laat ik jullie natuurlijk niet zien. 
The only problem was the sewing-machine and some mathstruggles. There are still some mistakes, but I won't show them to you. 

maandag 23 september 2013

Musical Monday: 5x music

Nerd Wars tournament 9 is in full preparation. This time I decided to join a new team, Team Note-Ations, which is all about music. The tournament starts October 1st, but we're in full excitement for it to begin. We're a fun bunch of people together, very varied in music-taste, so it's going to be a good lot of fun.

(If you're a knitter or crocheter and would like to parttake in the Nerd Wars, you can still subscribe till next week).
To celebrate music I decided to do a little list of music, about music. Because well, music is fun. :)
Again, in no particular order:

Madonna - Music (2000)

This song is a high-school classic. I believe the first time I heard the song, and saw the clip I was all like...... (imagine enlarged eyes, and a jaw dropping). Then I started to apreciate it. The clip is so over the top, it's funny.
In fact, the song is a kind of historical one, because back before it was released it was stolen and fragments up to 3 minutes were distributed through the internet. Which made Madonna rather angry. Thus resulting in an active campaign against music piracy through mediums like Napster (remember those times?). 

Cansei der Sexy - Music is my hot hot sex (2006)

Apparently in 2007 Lief noticed the song used in some Apple commercial. He decided to search the internet what song it was. It was this one. Cansei der Sexy (or CSS) is a Brazilian band, not very widely known.
The story goes some 18 year old student made an amateur commercial for Apple using the song and posted it on the internet. Apple actually picked it up and contacted this boy to professionally make it and broadcast it world wide. That the song used also featured a Zune advertisement in 2006, they forgot, or didn't care about.
Whatever. The song is hot.

Abba - Thank you for the music (1983)

O yeah, Abba, great fun. And they're right you know. 
This song was the first song intended for a mini-musical, called The Girl with the golden hair, which never actually happened. The 4th song for this musical, actually was never released at all. Nowadays the song is mostly known for it's use in the musical Mamma mia!

Rihanna - Don't stop the music (2007)

I love Rihanna. Don't ask me why. This song's title fits perfectly in todays theme, even though the song is more about two people who meet on the dancefloor and just want the night to last a little longer.
Fun story about this song: the line 'Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa' (mamma appelsap), from Michael Jackson's Wanna be starting somethin' was used. Jackson actually is mentioned as one of the co-writers of the song, though I am not sure if that's only because of this line, or if he actually helped a bit more. Jackson was previously sued for using the line by Manu Dibango, who claimed he used the line before in his own song Soul Makossa. Jackson eventually settled out of court, because apparently he did use Dibango's line. Though when Rihanna asked Jackson permission to use the line, he approved without consulting Dibango, giving the latter another chance to earn some money in court.

Stardust - Music sounds better with you (1998)

Seriously, the only song the band Stardust has ever made. Not as strange as it might sound, as the three man came up with the song while playing live and the next day recorded it. It isn't a very..uhm..complicated song. But it's fun. One of these men is half of Daft Punk, the other two aspired a solo-career, thus there was not cause to go on together. 

maandag 16 september 2013

Musical Monday: Shakira

I've been cold for about the last two weeks. Where did summer go? I really wish to have summer here a bit longer. So recap some of that summery spirit and listen to some summery music. Like Shakira.

Yeah, I know, Shakira is a bit, uhm.. too popular? Strange? Not my ordinary taste of music? I know. But I really love her funk.

In fact, I have been loving her funk for a whole lotta time. In fact, this is an ancient and very strange story. Ancient, because I was still in high school, which seems like ages ago. And strange because well... lemme 'splain.
During this time of my life I sought new contacts through the internet. Pen-pals, only mostly through e-mail. I've had a wonderful friendship with a boy from Togo (Africa) and some random chats with people who, after two or three e-mails, didn't really know what to talk about anymore. One of these 'friendship-flings' was with a girl who lived in Italy, but was originally from Cuba. I remember her telling me she liked nerdy boys and thought glasses were sexy  (which I now, agree upon). She told me she very much liked music from Latin America, because that was were her roots lay. She was very fond of some singer called Shakira. I had never heard of the name before, though aparently she was big. In south America, but she was on her way becoming a big star in the USA also. So maybe, I though, in time we'd know about her music here too.

This was the time where downloading was just beginning and accepted illegal. So I downloaded some. And while I was doing so, I swear, MTV or something just aired a new song, from some new artist, who apparently was already huge in the USA. And no, I'm not kidding, but this was Whenever, wherever. Yes, frickin' way... And I thought she was frickin' awesome.

Not so long ago I started listening to her newest album, Sale el Sol and I have been loving it. Not all of it. As I said, I love her funk. The slow songs work on my nerves.

Some Shakirinfo: Shakira was born in Colombia with a Lebanese father and a Catalan-Italian mother. She is one of 7 children. At a very young age she started to write poems, taught herself to play guitar and not much later she combined the two in writing her own songs.
It is said Shakira was rejected from the school-choir because they didn't know what to do with her strong voice, something I can fully understand.
She was only 13 when she her debut album was released (Magia), though this album did not bring her much succes. Not lot after she brought out Peligro, which too wasn't a commercial success, maybe because Shakira refused to advertise it. After this album she decided to graduate from high school before going any further in her career. After this her third album Pies descalzos was released, which ultimately brought her fame in Latin America. More albums followed.
In 2001 she decided to do a crossover album and decided to translate songs from her previous albums in English, which the help of Gloria Estefan, though later she realized she wanted new songs and thus wrote them, which appeared on Laundry Service, which brought her worldwide fame.

As said, I love Shakira's funk. Her songs make me happy. Her sound is original and her lyrics often ironic. Did I mention I love her funk?

Shakira ft. Dizzee Rascal - Loca